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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944724/rapid-prototyping-of-a-cyclic-olefin-copolymer-microfluidic-device-for-automated-oocyte-culturing
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Miguel Berenguel-Alonso, Maria Sabés-Alsina, Roser Morató, Oriol Ymbern, Laura Rodríguez-Vázquez, Oriol Talló-Parra, Julián Alonso-Chamarro, Mar Puyol, Manel López-Béjar
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) can benefit from the features of microfluidic technologies, such as the automation of time-consuming labor-intensive procedures, the possibility to mimic in vivo environments, and the miniaturization of the required equipment. To date, most of the proposed approaches are based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as platform substrate material due to its widespread use in academia, despite certain disadvantages, such as the elevated cost of mass production. Herein, we present a rapid fabrication process for a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) monolithic microfluidic device combining hot embossing-using a low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) master-and micromilling...
October 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943970/ethical-legal-and-social-issues-in-japan-on-the-determination-of-blood-relationship-via-dna-testing
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Waki Toya
DNA paternity testing has recently become more widely available in Japan. The aim of this paper is to examine the issues surrounding (1) the implementing agency, whether the testing is conducted in a commercial direct-to-consumer (DTC) setting or a judicial non-DTC setting, and (2) the implementation conditions and more specifically the legal capacity of the proband (test subject). Literature research in Japanese and English was conducted. Some countries prohibit commercial DNA testing without the consent of the proband or her or his legally authorized representative...
2017: Asian Bioeth Rev
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940661/dna-methylation-in-embryo-development-epigenetic-impact-of-art-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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REVIEW
Sebastian Canovas, Pablo J Ross, Gavin Kelsey, Pilar Coy
DNA methylation can be considered a component of epigenetic memory with a critical role during embryo development, and which undergoes dramatic reprogramming after fertilization. Though it has been a focus of research for many years, the reprogramming mechanism is still not fully understood. Recent results suggest that absence of maintenance at DNA replication is a major factor, and that there is an unexpected role for TET3-mediated oxidation of 5mC to 5hmC in guarding against de novo methylation. Base-resolution and genome-wide profiling methods are enabling more comprehensive assessments of the extent to which ART might impair DNA methylation reprogramming, and which sequence elements are most vulnerable...
September 21, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940130/comparison-of-pregnancy-outcomes-after-vitrification-at-the-cleavage-and-blastocyst-stage-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
MeiFang Zeng, SuQin Su, LiuMing Li
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review sought to evaluate the clinical outcomes of vitrification at the cleavage stage and blastocyst stage for embryo transfer in patients undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment. METHODS: We searched for related comparative studies published in the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases up to July 2017. The primary outcomes were clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) and embryo implantation rate (IR). Secondary outcomes were multiple pregnancy rate (MPR), miscarriage rate (MR), live birth rate (LBR), and ongoing pregnancy rate (OPR)...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938736/deep-sequencing-shows-that-oocytes-are-not-prone-to-accumulate-mtdna-heteroplasmic-mutations-during-ovarian-ageing
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L Boucret, C Bris, V Seegers, D Goudenège, V Desquiret-Dumas, M Domin-Bernhard, V Ferré-L'Hotellier, P E Bouet, P Descamps, P Reynier, V Procaccio, P May-Panloup
STUDY QUESTION: Does ovarian ageing increase the number of heteroplasmic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) point mutations in oocytes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Our results suggest that oocytes are not subject to the accumulation of mtDNA point mutations during ovarian ageing. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Ageing is associated with the alteration of mtDNA integrity in various tissues. Primary oocytes, present in the ovary since embryonic life, may accumulate mtDNA mutations during the process of ovarian ageing...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938425/linking-stress-and-infertility-a-novel-role-for-ghrelin
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Luba Sominsky, Deborah M Hodgson, Eileen A McLaughlin, Roger Smith, Hannah M Wall, Sarah J Spencer
Infertility affects a remarkable one in four couples in developing countries. Psychological stress is a ubiquitous facet of life, and while stress affects us all at some point, prolonged or unmanageable stress may become harmful for some individuals, negatively impacting on their health, including fertility. For instance, women who struggle to conceive are twice as likely to suffer from emotional distress than fertile women. Assisted reproductive technology treatments place an additional physical, emotional and financial burden of stress, particularly on women, who are often exposed to invasive techniques associated with treatment...
July 27, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935489/perinatal-complications-in-patients-with-unisutural-craniosynostosis-an-international-multicentre-retrospective-cohort-study
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Martijn J Cornelissen, Madiha Söfteland, Inge Apon, Lars Ladfors, Irene M J Mathijssen, Titia E Cohen-Overbeek, Gouke J Bonsel, Lars Kölby
PURPOSE: Craniosynostosis may lead to hampered fetal head molding and birth complications. To study the interaction between single suture craniosynostosis and delivery complications, an international, multicentre, retrospective cohort study was performed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All infants born between 2006 and 2012 in the Netherlands and Sweden with sagittal or metopic suture synostosis were included. All births were included as a reference population. The primary outcome measure was rate of medically assisted labor...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931409/clinical-review-of-24-35%C3%A2-year-olds-conceived-with-and-without-in-vitro-fertilization-study-protocol
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Sharon Lewis, Joanne Kennedy, David Burgner, Robert McLachlan, Sarath Ranganathan, Karin Hammarberg, Richard Saffery, David J Amor, Michael M H Cheung, Lex W Doyle, Markus Juonala, Susan Donath, John McBain, Jane Halliday
BACKGROUND: Children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) currently comprise 4% of Australian births. The manipulation of biological parameters related to fertilization and implantation are integral to successful ART but potentially pose a risk to the longer-term health of the offspring. There is consensus that many common adult health problems (particularly cardiovascular, metabolic and respiratory conditions) have their origins in early life, possibly before birth, and that risk trajectories track through childhood until clinical disease manifests in adulthood...
September 20, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925288/twins-and-socioeconomic-factors-changes-in-the-last-20%C3%A2-years
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Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner, Konstantinos Voulgaris, Emmanouela Sdona, Christos Christou, Despina D Briana
Socioeconomic factors associated with twins/multiples have been sparsely studied. Analyzing data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority, regarding twin out of total births from 1996 to 2015, we showed that twinning rate in Greece has increased from 1996 and onwards, in parallel with advanced maternal age and decline in total births. Higher twin rates are associated with higher maternal education, better paid parental occupations, and thus wealthier families, married maternal status, while immigrants present a lower twinning rate than Greeks...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923285/patient-and-cycle-characteristics-predicting-high-pregnancy-rates-with-single-embryo-transfer-an-analysis-of-the-society-for-assisted-reproductive-technology-outcomes-between-2004-and-2013
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Jennifer Mersereau, Jamie Stanhiser, Charles Coddington, Tiffany Jones, Barbara Luke, Morton B Brown
OBJECTIVE: To analyze factors associated with high live birth rate and low multiple birth rate in fresh and frozen-thawed assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): The study population included 181,523 women undergoing in vitro fertilization with autologous fresh first cycles, 27,033 with fresh first oocyte donor cycles, 37,658 with fresh second cycles, and 35,446 with frozen-thawed second cycles...
September 15, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923284/fertility-outcome-and-information-on-fertility-issues-in-individuals-with-different-forms-of-disorders-of-sex-development-findings-from-the-dsd-life-study
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Jolanta Słowikowska-Hilczer, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg, Hedi Claahsen-van der Grinten, Nicole Reisch, Claire Bouvattier, Ute Thyen, Peggy Cohen Kettenis, Robert Roehle, Birgit Köhler, Anna Nordenström
OBJECTIVE: To investigate fertility outcome in individuals with different forms of disorders of sex development (DSD), if assisted reproductive technology (ART) was used, and the patients' satisfaction with the information they had received. DESIGN: A cross-sectional multicenter study, dsd-LIFE. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,040 patients aged ≥16 years with different DSD diagnoses participated...
September 15, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921586/down-syndrome-maternal-serum-markers-in-oocyte-donation-and-other-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Aurore Bonnin, Françoise Muller, Marie-Victoire Senat, Corinne Sault, Armelle Galland, Joëlle Taieb, Sophie Dreux, Jean Bouyer, Alexandra Benachi
OBJECTIVE: Because maternal serum markers (PAPP-A, hCGβ, and AFP) used for Down syndrome (DS) screening have been described as predictors of obstetrical complications and because assisted reproductive technology (ART) pregnancies are known to be at increased risk for obstetrical complications, it is unclear whether or not correction factors should be applied to the calculated risk of DS. The purpose of this study was to evaluate DS maternal serum markers in oocyte donation (OD) and ART pregnancies in comparison with natural pregnancies...
September 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916332/assessing-the-use-of-assisted-reproductive-technology-in-the-united-states-by-non-united-states-residents
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Aaron D Levine, Sheree L Boulet, Roberta M Berry, Denise J Jamieson, Hillary B Alberta-Sherer, Dmitry M Kissin
OBJECTIVE: To study cross-border reproductive care (CBRC) by assessing the frequency and nature of assisted reproductive technology (ART) care that non-U.S. residents receive in the United States. DESIGN: Retrospective study of ART cycles reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National ART Surveillance System (NASS) from 2006 to 2013. SETTING: Private and academic ART clinics. PATIENT(S): Patients who participated in ART cycles in the United States from 2006 to 2013...
August 31, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912811/corrigendum-to-in-vitro-antioxidant-treatment-of-semen-samples-in-assisted-reproductive-technology-effects-of-myo-inositol-on-nemaspermic-parameters
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Mariangela Palmieri, Palma Papale, Antonietta Della Ragione, Giuseppa Quaranta, Giovanni Russo, Sabatino Russo
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1155/2016/2839041.].
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911932/varicocelectomy-to-upgrade-semen-quality-to-allow-couples-to-use-less-invasive-forms-of-assisted-reproductive-technology
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Mary K Samplaski, Kirk C Lo, Ethan D Grober, Armand Zini, Keith A Jarvi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the magnitude of improvement in semen parameters after a varicocelectomy and the fraction that have improvements such that couples needing IVF or IUI are "upgraded" to needing less invasive assisted reproductive technology (ART). DESIGN: Retrospective review of prospectively collected data. SETTING: Academic medical centers. PATIENT(S): Men presenting for a fertility evaluation with a clinical varicocele...
September 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911930/low-fertility-awareness-in-u-s-reproductive-aged-women-and-medical-trainees-creation-and-validation-of-the-fertility-infertility-treatment-knowledge-score-fit-ks
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Rashmi Kudesia, Elizabeth Chernyak, Beth McAvey
OBJECTIVE: To create, validate, and use a fertility awareness survey based on current U.S. DATA: HASH(0x57717d8) DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Phase 1 included U.S. women ages 18-45; phase 2 included female medical students and obstetrics and gynecology trainees at two urban academic programs. INTERVENTION(S): Survey including demographics, the Fertility & Infertility Treatment Knowledge Score (FIT-KS) instrument, and General Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire...
September 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905329/kant-s-formula-of-humanity-and-assisted-reproductive-technology-a-case-for-duties-to-future-children
#17
Tatiana Patrone
The paper asks the question whether Kant's ethical theory can be applied to issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART). It argues against three objections to applying Kant's ethics to ART: (i) the non-identity objection, (ii) the gen-ethics objection, and (iii) the care-ethics objection. After showing that neither of the three objections is sufficiently persuasive the paper proposes a reading of Kant's 'formula of humanity,' and especially its negative clause (i.e., the 'merely as means' clause), that can be of some guidance in ART...
September 13, 2017: Monash Bioethics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904906/a-step-by-step-guide-to-office-based-sperm-retrieval-for-obstructive-azoospermia
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REVIEW
Robert M Coward, Jesse N Mills
A variety of surgical options exists for sperm retrieval in the setting of obstructive azoospermia (OA). With appropriate preparation, the majority of these techniques can safely be performed in the office with local anesthesia and with or without monitored anesthesia care (MAC). The available techniques include percutaneous options such as percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA) and testicular sperm aspiration (TESA), as well as open techniques that include testicular sperm extraction (TESE) and microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA)...
August 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904798/patterns-of-residual-hiv-1-rna-shedding-in-the-seminal-plasma-of-patients-on-effective-antiretroviral-therapy
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Christophe Pasquier, Marie Walschaerts, Stéphanie Raymond, Nathalie Moinard, Karine Saune, Myriam Daudin, Jacques Izopet, Louis Bujan
BACKGROUND: More and more HIV-1-infected men on effective antiretroviral treatment (ART) have unprotected sex in order to procreate. The main factor influencing transmission is seminal HIV shedding. While the risk of HIV transmission is very low, it is difficult to assess in individuals. Nevertheless, it should be quantified. RESULTS: We retrospectively analysed seminal plasma HIV-1 shedding by 362 treated HIV-infected men attending a medically assisted reproduction centre (1998-2013) in order to determine its frequency, the impact of the antiretroviral regimen on HIV shedding, and to identify shedding patterns...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904501/patient-experience-with-conscious-sedation-as-a-method-of-pain-relief-for-transvaginal-oocyte-retrieval-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Himanshu Singhal, Prasanna S Premkumar, Achamma Chandy, Aleyamma T Kunjummen, Mohan S Kamath
AIM: The aim of the study was to measure patient's satisfaction level and acceptance of conscious sedation as a method of pain relief following transvaginal oocyte retrieval (TVOR) during assisted reproduction technology treatment. We also evaluated the factors that may influence the efficacy of conscious sedation method. SETTING AND DESIGN: A prospective cross-sectional study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective study was conducted from October 2015 to January 2016 at a university-level hospital and 100 women were recruited...
April 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
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